Category Archives: awareness

(Issue #491) Premonitions and Weak Signals


“The point is obvious. There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches….” -Ray Bradbury-  Weak signals tell us that what had been best practices are about … Continue reading

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(#486) A Metaphor for Growth and Resilience


Some will experience a metamorphosis they never dreamed they could attain. Others will quietly walk away. I always looked forward to the first day of the semester. As a teacher, that first day came full of anticipation for me and … Continue reading

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(Issue #485) Human Beings with Human Challenges


Benefiting from human connections. Effective teachers understand that they never know what questions or dilemmas a student will bring through the door. In addition to academic issues, students (just like the rest of us) always have a bag full of … Continue reading

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(Issue #484) Nutritious People and Purpose


The key is to understand the story and the associated people, because there can be a danger if community devolves into tribalism.  I have written of energy vampires. I’ve even recorded a song about these dastardly beings who “suck the … Continue reading

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(Issue #480) Community Building Components


Building community requires that we consider our subject mindfully, hold conversations driven by authentic questions, and then engage in collaboration to do the needed work. Over coffee last week, I participated in a conversation about community with a city leader … Continue reading

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(Issue #479) Lessons by the Numbers


Six short video strategy lessons. This week’s blog evolved from a former student. She reminded me of a guitar metaphor I used in class to highlight six dimensions of growth and resilience. That got me thinking about videos I had … Continue reading

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(Issue #478) A Possibility Conversation


Dig down … why do you remember this and why does it speaks to your soul? Eulogy or résumé virtue? Juxtaposition of experiences leading to a common conclusion. Experience #1 goes back to a challenge I have offered to audiences. … Continue reading

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